You might be in need of a reboot

With due credit to Jeff Foxworthy, but with an eye toward the most wonderful fix all approach ever invented, if we could reboot our way of thinking, then our problems may become resolved. It does not work in every case and we may need to do a system restore, but if we could reboot a few thought processes, we would be headed down a better path forward. So, please consider the following:

– If you think John Edwards had no knowledge of money provided by donors to pay for the hiding of his mistress and their child from both his wife and the public, you might be in need of a reboot.

– If you think the Catholic Church can weather their many storms without significant change, you might be in need of a reboot.

– If you think the US over taxes its citizens, you might be in need of a reboot (we are 32nd out of 34 countries in tax revenue per GDP according to the OECD).

– If you think the US can resolve its deficits with only spending cuts, then you might be in need of a reboot. We need both.

– If you think the President did not miss an opportunity to adopt Bowles-Simpson as a workable draft for deficit reduction, then you might be in need of a reboot.

– If you think that tax cuts will help our deficit, then you might be in need of a reboot.

– If you think our healthcare system is fine as the most expensive in the world, with 46  million uninsured and a global quality ranking of 38th, then you might be in need of a reboot.

– If you believe global warming is not occurring or is not man-made, you might be in need of a reboot. If it is the former, you may need s system restore.

– If you think the oil/ gas companies are as altruistic as their spokeswoman would lead you to believe, then you might be in need of a reboot.

– If you think there is no correlation between the use of petrochemicals and cancers, autism, premature babies, then you might be in need of a reboot. Canada has outlawed the use of lawn pesticides for ornamental reasons, e.g.

– If you think arming everyone in our country with multiple weapons will reduce gun deaths, then you might be in need of a reboot (pick up any paper and track them for a week).

– If you think we do not have a severe economic equity problem, then you might be in need of a reboot. 50 million Americans are in poverty.

– If you think the mythical Ronald Reagan is close to what the real Ronald Reagan was like, then you might be in need of a reboot (check out the “Reagan” documentary on HBO for an even-handed view).

– If you think we will continue to be the most dominant economic power in the world without major change, then you might be in need of a reboot.

– If you think better educated people is not critical to our success, then you might be in need of a reboot.

– If you think everyone’s rights and freedoms are the same in our country, then you might be in need of a reboot.

– If you think we can solve our problems in a partisan way, you might be in need of a reboot.

We must collaborate and bring all ideas to the table. I personally get frustrated when Congress refuses to collaborate and then criticizes the President when he has not done enough. We need them at the table with open minds. This is too important.

If we reboot our thinking on these issues, we can better solve our problems, However, unlike the computer reboot, the resolution of our problems will take time. But, we must first start with our thinking. We need to address our problems with real data and not contrived data. Only then can we make headway into our problem resolution. And, like computers, if we don’t solve the problems, we may need a system restore.

 

 

 

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7 thoughts on “You might be in need of a reboot

  1. Your last paragraph contains the essence of the problem. To continue with your computer analogy, I remember learning in a programming class I once took that the golden rule of programming is “Garbage In – Garbage Out”. With so many people relying on the “contrived data” that they sop up from sound bites and hyper-edited, hyper-partisan “news reporting”, is it any wonder that the voting process yields such disastrous results so often? Or that politicians, once voted in, feel like they have been handed a mandate to cause obstruction? It’s not going to improve without some way of getting better information in front of more people, but that’s something that’s become nearly impossible to do. Anyone who finds a solution to that problem will be opening the door to vast improvement in our government and our political discourse.

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